The World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) saw 15 new members join in 2012, bringing the total number of direct members of the Federation to over 200.
The body paid tribute to its growing strength in numbers at its General Assembly on February 2nd. Recent projects for the WFSGI have been trade advocacy confronting protectionism, evaluating efforts at 'trade liberalisation' but also activities of the WFSGI Bicycle Committee related to UCI issues and the support during the Olympic Games in London. The Federation renewed and refreshed its corporate identity recently too, to have one consistent brand that 'reflects the variety of tasks and the vitality of the sports industry'.
The new members that joined the WFSGI in 2012 are:
- Alberta Sports (Pakistan)
- Campagnolo (Italy)
- Corima (France)
- Dong Luc Group (Vietnam)
- Enve Composites (USA)
- KSPO - Korea Sports Promotion Foundation (Korea)
- ISM Saddles - Tampa Bay Recreation LLC (USA)
- Mavic (France)
- Orbea S. Coop (Spain)
- Reema Group (Pakistan)
- Ritchey Design, Inc. (USA)
- Schwalbe – Ralf Bohle GmbH (Germany)
- Uhlsport GmbH (Germany)
- Velocite Tech (Taiwan)
“Over the last years, the WFSGI has been growing steadily and is gaining further strength through new services and growing collaborative efforts," said WFSGI Secretary General Robbert de Kock. "We thank our partners for the trust and active support and we are looking forward to the projects and opportunities ahead. It has become clear that the industry benefits when we are bonded in our industry actions.”
The World Sports Forum at ISPO Munich, organised by WFSGI, held two plenary sessions on Sustainability – new challenges and Physical Inactivity, tackling thorny topics like fair wages, among others.
There's more on those sessions here.